The State government has increased the list of protected monuments in Goa from the earlier 51 monuments to over 400 monuments and has included the 18th century Kapileshwari Temple in Ponda and the much photographed Immaculate Conception Church of Panjim in it.
Currently 21 monuments in Goa are listed as heritage monuments by the Archaeological Survey of India while the State Archaeology Department has another 51 monuments.
The list prepared by a committee headed by Rajiv Yaduvanshi has identified 434 monuments that need protection being heritage structures. This include around 109 churches and 17 temples. Other structures include hospital buildings, caves, islands and even springs.
The hospitals recommended to be classified as heritage structures include Margao’s Hospicio, Asilo at Candolim and also Mapusa’ Asilo.